Public Land: Hunting and Fishing in New York

There's more to New York than The Met and The Mets. It also boasts some excellent deer and turkey hunting along with fishing. And, it has roughly 12 million acres of publicly accessible land.

Ninham Mountain State Forest
• 1,023 acres
• Popular deer and turkey hunting location
• Extensive network of trails for access

Beebe Hill and Harvey Mountain State Forests
• 3,000 acres
• Some fishing opportunities in ponds and streams
• Deer, turkey and small game hunting options

Moose River Plains Wild Forest
• 50,000 acres
• Deer, turkey and small game hunting
• Good trout fishing in rivers and streams

Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest
• 13,500 acres
• Located in the Beaverkill valley, known for brook trout fishing and the birthplace of fly fishing
• Good deer, turkey and bear hunting

Fort Niagara State Park
• Offers two boat launches
• Access to Lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario
• Excellent walleye, smallmouth bass and steelhead fishing

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: Lake Ontario, Fort Niagra State Park

Photo credit: flickr